Gender Inequality in Ireland
Women world-wide experience gender discrimination as mentioned by the United Nations Human Development Report 1995: “no society treats its women as well as its men” (O’Connor, 2000, p82). Irish Society also has to suffer many gender inequalities along the other inequalities which are a “hallmark” of Irish society (Pierce 2003, p13). The role of men and women in Irish society is heavily influenced by the patriarchal nature. The role of Irish and Lithuanian women is restricted by the orthodox approach which leads to several gender inequalities. Women are naturally welfare-dependent which also leads to gender issues. (Kirby & Murphy, 2008, p19)
The objective of this project is to evaluate the extent of gender inequality in Irish society, because of stereotyped gender roles the Irish and Lithuanian women suffer. The study is significant for bringing betterment in the Irish society. Things are getting changed. To further improve the situation it is highly essential to study the inequalities suffered by a major part of population that is the women.
The research is both qualitative and quantitative as both types of data are collected for the purposes of evaluation.
Since the researcher has worked with in both qualitative and quantitative tradition, the research tools were observation of women and their need analysis, conversations with men and women, questionnaires and objectives of the National Plan for Women by the National Women’s Council of Ireland. This triangulation that is the gathering of data from several sources and from different data gathering techniques has brought validity and objectivity to the research.
The questionnaires have helped the researcher to collect information about the Irish and Lithuanian men and women-a total of 20 questionnaires were given. These were related to the views of men and women regarding gender discrimination.
The findings are discussed as...